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Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative: Everything you need to know

Here’s how Google is helping you take back control of your digital life.

At Google I/O 2018, Google announced Digital Wellbeing. It’s a brand new approach to OS and app development that’ll equip users with tools to help them find a better balance between their digital and real worlds.

Is it a new app? Is it Android P’s killer feature? Will it make you feel better and solve world peace all at the same time? We answer  [Read More…]

Google’s new YouTube Music plans are here — and we’re gonna pay more for what we like right now

YouTube is taking the reins for Google’s music strategy — and it’s soft launching on Tuesday.

Google’s music strategy has been fractured and confusing and falling behind for years, with Google Play Music being treated like an orange-haired stepchild, YouTube Music being ignored by some users and unheard of by the rest, and YouTube being a place where people of all kinds come to listen to music — both legitimately uploaded and not-so-much.

Google’s been amassing a  [Read More…]

YouTube Music & YouTube Premium are Google’s latest streaming services

Google has surprisingly announced new streaming services called YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. These services are likely to replace Google Play Music and YouTube Red when they launch on May 22nd.

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Google’s Pixel Buds gain new gesture controls

Google is rolling new gesture controls for its Pixel Buds. The new tricks will be available to all users by early next week.

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How to enable Google’s new Smart Compose feature in Gmail

During the Google I/O 2018 keynote, a new feature was announced for Gmail. Smart Compose allows Gmail to automatically compose emails all by using the tab key while you’re typing.

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Google’s ‘digital wellbeing’ initiative feels incomplete and insincere

This is a great idea that runs completely counterintuitively to every other goal the company has.

We should all strive to use our phone a bit less. Or at least be mindful of the fact that phones have become both an integral and dominating force of our lives. Google, with its billion-plus Android users around the world, realizes that it has a significant role to play in this phenomenon. And it wants to use that force for  [Read More…]

Google’s making it easier to understand and manage user data it collects

These changes will go into effect May 25.

Over the past couple weeks, you’ve likely gotten emails from a number of website and apps you use regarding updates to their privacy policies. Europe will soon launch its new General Data Protection Regulation (aka the GDPR) to give people more rights over their online data, and Google recently shared all of the steps it’s taken to ensure it complies with the new law.

First and foremost, Google’s updating  [Read More…]

Google’s now forcing OEMs to update devices with ‘regular’ security patches

Good move, Google.

Google I/O is always home to a lot of announcements, and while the biggest ones usually come from the opening keynote, there are little nuggets to be found throughout the smaller breakout sessions over the week.

As spotted by 9to5Google, there was one particularly interesting statement that came out of Google’s “What’s new in Android security” talk.

During it, David Kleidermacher, Android’s head of security, said the following:

We’ve also worked on building security  [Read More…]

Android Things: Everything you need to know about Google’s plan to disrupt IoT

Android Things developer kit.

Google wants to tackle the Internet of Things its own way.

Android isn’t just for phones. We already know this because we see Android on Chromebooks, televisions, watches, and even microwave ovens. And we’re about to see it in places we may never have thought to look, like your cable modem or a parking meter. And to make it happen, Google has what it calls Android Things.

Android Things is the same  [Read More…]

Google’s mystery HDMI dongle is actually the ADT-2 Android TV developer kit

This makes sense.

That mystery Google-branded HDMI dongle we saw pass through the FCC about a month ago looks to be not a consumer device, but instead developer-only hardware called the ADT-2 that Google’s announcing at I/O 2018. So no, that wasn’t an early look at any sort of consumer-level hardware as originally expected, but it is something that will help developers get acquainted with developing for Android TV.

What’s new in Android TV at Google I/O  [Read More…]